COVENT GARDEN | WC2
The Egyptian cuisine isn't one I'm too familiar with, and the little I've sampled during my travels have left me underwhelmed.
I know I must have done something wrong - how can a culture so rich in delicious history not have a cuisine to match? That question was answered when I discovered the Koshari by Koshari Street.
A traditional vegetarian dish sold on street stalls throughout Egypt, its components are as interesting as they are satisfying. Expect lentils, rice and pasta topped with a spicy tomato sauce (you choose the level of heat), garnished with caramelised onions and boiled chickpeas.
Words and photography | Kar-Shing Tong
A special mention should be given to Koshari's ingredient sourcing. Rice and pulses from Brindisa, milk pudding made with Neal's Yard Dairy milk, chillies and spices from The Spicery, fragrant waters from Mymoune, freshly pressed juices from Sundance in Covent Garden, and slivered nuts and other exotic ingredients from Persepolis in Peckham.
The price is £5.95 for the Klassic Koshari, or £7.95 if you want to go large with the King Koshari. This is more of a take away place, but there are a few stools available should you wish to loiter and savour.